PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING TO THE COASTSIDE VICTIMS FUND
On January 23, 2023, seven farmworkers were shot and killed in a mass shooting that took place at Terra Garden in Half Moon Bay, Calif. and Concord Farms in nearby San Mateo County, Calif. One individual was critically injured and dozens more were traumatized by the incident. All of the victims were farmworkers; all of the victims were the breadwinners for their families.
The dual shootings occurred at local farms that employed and housed farmworkers and farmworkers’ families. In the immediate aftermath of the violence, 18 households were displaced as the workplaces where the workers and their families lived turned into crime scenes.
Mavericks Community Foundation in partnership with the San Mateo Credit Union (SMCU) Community Fund is administering the https://www.maverickscommunityfoundation.org/victimsfund It is the sole vehicle where donations can be channeled to address the loss suffered by victims of the mass shooting and their families. This centralized Victims Fund provides grants to individuals regardless of citizenship status. There are no income requirements or lengthy eligibility applications. This fund allows victims and survivors to decide for themselves what they need to cope with and manage their trauma.
The fund is modeled after national best practices and the work of Ken Feinberg who was involved in the creation of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
While the affected families have received immediate basic needs support since the mass shooting incident to help them stabilize, this trauma will impact them for the rest of their lives. Victims and their families continue to need financial support around sudden income loss, ongoing household expenses, staggering medical bills, rehabilitation for injuries and in-home care, not to mention therapy and counseling associated with long-term PTSD.